May 11, 2012

Unusual Tales - The Man Below

"Unusual Tales", a series presenting Steve Ditko's comics from 1957 to 1959 that are in the public domain.

And finally, for now...

"The Man Below" is a 5-page story from TALES OF THE MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER #5 [1957]. One of a few Ditko stories from the era to use deep-sea diving images, which he does very well. Another Traveler narrated story, this time he's showing a bit of a sense of humour in the one, really happy with the twist ending which actually is a pretty clever reversal. A very effective story.

But before the story, some links:

Buy Ditko's creator-owned work
Wide variety of new material and classic reprints available
Find out about the fanzine DITKOMANIA
Back issues and subscriptions available
Check out new and upcoming Ditko publications
Creeper, Hawk&Dove, Shade and many more DC stories reprinted in three hardcovers
Download public domain comics, likely including the one this story is from
Scans in this series generally adapted to my personal tastes from those copies

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  1. Interesting ideea that of using a mistaken identity theme in the story. And, yes, the underwater shots made me hold my breath. Great drawing technique.

  2. Wow! Great story! I think it's my favorite so far.